Taipei-The flu season in Taiwan is still at a peak, as nine flu-related deaths and more than 135,000 new cases were reported last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday.
In the week ending Jan. 27, a total of 135,259 people sought outpatient and emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics throughout the country, up 4 percent from the previous week, said Liu Ting-ping (???), director of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center.
In total, 49 patients in the age range six months to 94 years developed serious complications last week from flu infections, Lu said, adding that 42 of them had not been vaccinated against the flu.
The youngest patient with serious complications, a six-month old boy, has recovered and was discharged after a week of hospitalization, Liu said.
Among the nine flu-related deaths, eight of the patients were infected with the most prevalent B type virus, and the other with the N1 A type virus, she said.
Eight of the nine patients had a history of chronic disease and had not been vaccinated against the flu, according to Liu.
Since October last year, 261 serious cases of flu have been reported in Taiwan, 40 of which have resulted in death, CDC statistics show.
Over the past month, there have been 64 cluster infections in Taiwan, 46 of them in schools, according to CDC statistics.
CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said the flu season is still in full swing in Taiwan and some other countries and regions, including China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, Europe and the United States.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel